Warren Furniture in downtown Milford is seen Thursday morning, Dec. 27, 2012. (Photo: WBOC)
Wednesday night's fire scene. (Photo: WBOC)
MILFORD, Del. (WBOC/AP)- Authorities say a Wednesday night fire that ruined a longtime furniture store in downtown Milford started in the rear of the first floor showroom.
The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office said the blaze at the three-story Warren Furniture store on the 100 block of South Walnut Street started around 9 p.m. Wednesday and ultimately went to three alarms, with 50 firefighters from eight fire companies called to the scene. It took about three hours to bring the fire under control. No one was injured.
The fire caused an estimated $750,000 in damage, according to investigators. They determined the fire originated in the rear of the first floor showroom of the store. There is still no word yet on the cause of the fire, which remains under investigation.
Milford City Manager Richard Carmean said Warren's, which has been owned by the same family since 1928, was "probably the oldest continuous operating business in town."
Milford Tavern owner Rich Hoomans said the store's owner, Brett Warren, had been out of town for a few days and arrived home to find his business burning.
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